Mitchell uncertain for Game 2
Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell has a left foot bruise and his status is uncertain for Game 2 of the Western Conference playoff series against the Oklahoma City. Mitchell left Oklahoma City's 116-108 win in Game 1 on Sunday after stubbing his toe in the third quarter, and he played sporadically the rest of the way. A team spokesman said Mitchell had an MRI on Monday, and the team will provide a status update on Tuesday. When asked if he was concerned about missing Game 2 on Wednesday, Mitchell said, "Not at all."
Meeks suspended 25 games
The NBA has suspended Washington Wizards guard Jodie Meeks 25 games without pay for using a banned substance. The league announced the suspension Friday, a day before Game 1 of the Wizards' first-round playoff series against the East's top-seeded Toronto Raptors. The NBA says Meeks tested positive for Ipamorelin, a growth hormone that's prohibited under the league's drug program.
Embiid 'unlikely' for playoff Game 1
Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid said it's unlikely he'll be available for at least Game 1 of the playoffs this weekend. Embiid hasn't played since March 28 when he suffered a broken bone around his left eye in a collision with teammate Markelle Fultz. Embiid, who has since been cleared of a concussion suffered from the accidental headbutt, had surgery on March 31. The 7-footer wore the mask during pregame shooting drills and would need one in the postseason.
Mbah a Moute dislocates shoulder
Houston Rockets forward Luc Mbah a Moute has dislocated his right shoulder in a meaningless game for the Western Conference leaders. Mbah a Moute was injured during the first half against the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday. Mbah a Moute is a key rotation player for the Rockets, averaging 7.6 points and 3.1 rebounds per game off the bench. The Rockets clinched the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference on March 30.
Drummond out for Detroit's home finale
Andre Drummond is out for Monday night's game between the Detroit Pistons and Toronto Raptors with a sore Achilles tendon. With the Pistons out of playoff contention and Toronto having wrapped up the top seed in the Eastern Conference, the game has little significance, although it is the home finale for Drummond's Pistons. Detroit is also without star forward Blake Griffin, who is out with a right ankle injury, and guard Reggie Bullock, who has a left knee issue.
Irving out for playoffs
Kyrie Irving will miss the rest of the regular season and playoffs. The All-Star point guard will undergo another procedure on Saturday to remove two screws from his patella that were inserted in 2015 to repair a fracture he suffered during that year's NBA Finals. The loss of Irving is a devastating blow for Boston's hopes of competing for the Eastern Conference championship. Irving, who last played in a game on March 11, averaged 24.4 points, 5.1 assists and 3.8 rebounds this season.
Valentine done for season
Denzel Valentine will miss the rest of the season after surgery this week on his left knee. The Chicago Bulls guard had swelling in the knee and an tests indicated a need for an arthroscopic debridement procedure. Valentine averaged 10.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 77 games this season.
Gold. St. 2.4.18
McCaw released from hospital
The Golden State Warriors can breathe a sigh of relief with Patrick McCaw's release from the hospital following a scary fall in their game against the Sacramento Kings last Saturday. The team said that preliminary tests showed McCaw has no structural damage or problems with his nervous system after the freak injury, but how long McCaw will be out is uncertain.
Gold. St. 1.4.18
McCaw leaves on stretcher
Warriors guard Patrick McCaw was taken away on a stretcher after he fell hard to the floor following a foul by Sacramento's Vince Carter during a 112-96 Golden State win Saturday night. McCaw was transported to UC Davis Medical Center for further evaluation, the team said. There were no further updates.
Embiid undergoes surgery
Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid underwent surgery on an orbital fracture, the NBA team announced on Saturday. There is no timetable for Embiid's recovery, with the All-Star set to have a "post-operative examination in approximately 5-7 days".
Embiid took a shot to the head from team-mate Markelle Fultz's shoulder in the second quarter of Wednesday's victory over the New York Knicks and was forced to go to the locker room. The 24-year-old was wobbly heading off the court, but the Sixers announced that the big man suffered a simple facial contusion.
Schroder out for two weeks
Point guard Dennis Schroder will miss the Atlanta Hawks' final seven games with a medial bone bruise and a sprained left ankle. The team said Schroder, its leading scorer, underwent an MRI on Friday. Expected recovery time is at least two weeks. Schroder is averaging 19.4 points and 6.2 assists. The fifth-year veteran joins guard Kent Bazemore, the Hawks' third-leading scorer, on the season-ending injury list.
LA Lakers 30.3.18
Thomas sidelined 4 months
Isaiah Thomas will need four months to recover from arthroscopic surgery on his right hip. The two-time All-Star guard averaged 15.6 points and 5.0 assists in 17 games with Los Angeles, which acquired him from Cleveland in February. Thomas will be a free agent by the time he recovers from the procedure, but he has expressed interest in staying with the Lakers.
Embiid needs surgery
Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid will need surgery on an orbital fracture of his left eye and he has a concussion. There was no timetable Thursday on how long Embiid would be sidelined. Embiid, who leads the Sixers with 22.9 points and 11 rebounds in 63 games, helped the team clinch their first playoff berth since 2012. They are 44-30 and fourth in the East with eight games left.
Embiid hurt by accidental head butt
Philadelphia center Joel Embiid left in the second quarter of the 76ers' game against the New York Knicks on Wednesday after a nasty collision with teammate Markelle Fultz. Embiid was ruled out for the rest of the game with a facial contusion. The 76ers said the All-Star center went through concussion protocol but did not have a concussion. Fultz was not injured on the play.
San Ant. 28.3.18
Aldridge exits game with knee injury
LaMarcus Aldridge will have an MRI on his injured left knee, with the San Antonio Spurs hoping they won't be forced to try to make the playoffs without another star player. Aldridge left the Spurs' 116-106 loss to the Washington Wizards on Tuesday with a bruised left knee, the latest blow in a season that has included Kawhi Leonard being limited to nine games with a nagging quadriceps injury. Aldridge is averaging 23.2 points and 8.4 rebounds this season as the Spurs' most productive player.